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Menachem Schmidt

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Executive Director of Jewish Heri...

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Jewish Business Network
4037 Pine Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
United States

Company Description: The Jewish Business Network (JBN), founded in 1986, provides networking opportunities for businesses and professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. The...   more

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JBN Jewish Business Network of Philly, 26 Sept 2014 [cached]
Menachem Schmidt, Executive Director of Jewish Heritage Programs Menachem co-founded Jewish Heritage Programs in 1993 and has guided its activities and expansion to several regional college campuses. Under his direction, Jewish Heritage Programs became an umbrella group for the Jewish Business Network (JBN), Young Professionals Network (YPN), Old City Jewish Art Center (OCJAC), and the JHP Mentoring program while continuing its programming on the university level.
Menachem was also instrumental in founding Philadelphia's Jewish Relief Agency, which distributes food to more than a thousand impoverished families each month as well as the Chabad on Campus International Foundation, where he currently serves as President. Menachem gained his Rabbinic Ordination from Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch in Montreal in 1980, the same year he and his wife, Chava, founded Lubavitch House at Penn, where Menachem also serves as Executive Director.
Rabbi Menachem Schmidt ..., 1 May 2007 [cached]
Rabbi Menachem Schmidt
"We're really glad it's over," said ..., 22 Oct 2014 [cached]
"We're really glad it's over," said Rabbi Menachem Schmidt, executive director of the Chabad-affiliated organization.
The campuses targeted in the latest ..., 29 Dec 2013 [cached]
The campuses targeted in the latest wave are those considered prestigious or that have large Jewish populations, and that have requested a Chabad house, according to Rabbi Menachem Schmidt, a member of Chabad's executive committee and the Chabad representative at the University of Pennsylvania.
But proselytizing on campus is very unusual, Schmidt said.
"No one initiative can satisfy the needs and sensitivities of each individual student," he said.
Rabbi Menachem Schmidt, ..., 1 April 2010 [cached]
Rabbi Menachem Schmidt, president of the Chabad on Campus International Foundation, which coordinates these activities, declined to estimate the amount of money that Rohr had donated.
Schmidt, who serves as a shaliach at the University of Pennsylvania in addition to his role at the helm of the foundation, said that the organization is planning to build more like it on other small liberal arts campuses.
For Schmidt, this dynamic is essential to the Chabad model. A Chabad House is like a home, Schmidt said: "You don't ask somebody when they come in to sweep the floor. If you're a polite guest, you'll say, 'How can I help?'" Schmidt emphasized that levels of participation by students differ from school to school.
Chabad's campus operation is planned through Schmidt's small office of about 10 employees and his executive committee made up of Chabad rabbis. The organization, which is a subsidiary of the official educational arm of the Lubavitch movement, selects campus shluchim and provides them with Rohr-sponsored startup grants, along with some training and strategic planning support. But after three years, shluchim are expected to be financially self-sufficient.
"The rebbe's organizational philosophy is very strongly that… as an organization, Chabad needs to take support from wherever it is," Schmidt said. The "rebbe" refers to Schneerson, who presided over the Lubavitch movement from his headquarters in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, from 1950, shortly after the movement's arrival in the United States, until his death in 1994. Schmidt explained: "People think there's this big funnel of money coming from Crown Heights into Texas A&M…. That's not the case."
Schmidt says that the rationale for this approach resides in the realm of Hasidic philosophy. "Every mitzvah that a person does makes a tremendous spiritual revolution in the world," he said. "It's not about becoming observant."
"Ten years in the American Jewish community is not a long time," Schmidt said. "We're not in a hurry.
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